Archive of Player Piano Music Rolls in Midi Format

Century old player pianos rolls are dying. While their target player pianos can be repeatedly restored into perpetuity, the rolls cannot. It is important therefore that the content of these rolls be captured in computer form in hopes of extending their life into the foreseeable future. The process of scanning music rolls first generates a very large file, basically containing hundreds of thousands of pixels. That initial .CIS file can then converted into a .MID music file as a byproduct of the process. The files available here are the final relatively small .MID files which may be "played" through most any computer's sound card, an electronic keyboard, or in solenoid equipped pianos such as Disklavier, PianoDisc, PianoMation, and Pianocorder. All are Midi Type 1 files, with identifying data imbeded within the "info" area through the use of CakeWalk. As an aid for owners of such pianos who wish to use my midi files, Carol Beigel has assembled a very useful web site for this purpose:

www.carolrpt.com/MIDItools.htm

The midi files downloadable from here are made available solely as a convenience for personal enjoyment. They should not be used for commercial purposes.

An "S" says the roll is a standard non-reproducing music roll. An "A" says the roll is an AMPICO reproducing piano roll. A "D" says the roll is a Duo-Art reproducing piano roll. A "W" says the roll is a Welte reproducing piano roll. An "R" says the roll is a Recordo expression piano roll.

For use in pneumatic player pianos equipped with e-valve systems, such as the Gerety-Chase system, the user will need to have my original CIS files for conversion into e-roll type midi files. These files are available on request. As a number of people with e-valve pianos already have these files, it is hoped that they will communicate with one another and share the results of their conversions, in an effort to minimize duplication of effort.

Viewers are cautioned that the following midi files, emerging from my scanning process, are not the holy grail of 100% faithful reproductions of the original rolls. They are a very close approximation satisfying to my ear. I have preserved all the original raw scan data files if somebody should happen to want them for the asking.

I must presume that the viewer has access to an appropriate catalog to determine additional information for a particular music roll. You will note that some information about the roll is missing, as a consequence of a torn leader, missing box, obliterated leader data, or a combination of conditions. What you see is what I know about a certain roll, largely from the information contained within the roll and box labels.

In addition to the roll data displayed on these web pages, as much information as I know from the roll, its label and a 'net search are imbedded within the midi file 'Info' areas of the individual files. Some of my earlier roll scans have roll data imbedded within the tracks data. If the file is converted to midi type 0, this data will be lost.

All the files in this archive of preserved piano rolls in midi form, are enclosed within compressed .ZIP files. To extract these files from out of these ZIP files, you will require an UNZIP utility, which most computers now have.

In addition to a growing collection of midi files on my personal web site from new sources in addition to my own roll scanning efforts, other web sites are emerging containing a large number of turn-of-the-century piano roll scans, equally freely available. Those with scanners and making available midi files emerging from their efforts are:

Warren Trachtman , creator of the IAMMP (International Association of Mechanical Music Preservationists). Those midi files that are freely available from Warren's site are in "bold" face. Right-Click on the tiny animated icon featuring a speaker, left-click on "Save target as...", and save the midi file to a directory of your choice on your own computer. Enjoy! His roll scan midi files may be downloaded individually from: International Association of Mechanical Music Preservationists

and

  • Robert Perry , in New Zealand. His roll scan midi files may be downloaded individually from: pianola.co.nz

    New Uploads since rebuild of the web site:

    batch28.htm described, from which 443 midi files may be downloaded

    batch27.htm described, from which 375 midi files may be downloaded

    batch26.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from batch26.zip 440 titles, 5 megs

    batch25.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from batch25.zip 267 titles, 3.6 megs

    batch24.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from batch24.ZIP 317 titles, 3.6 megs

    batch23.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from batch23.ZIP 219 titles, 2.8 megs

    batch22.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from batch22.ZIP 406 titles, 4.2 megs

    batch21.htm described, which may be downloaded directly from: batch21.ZIP 157 titles, 1.8 megs

    ~6,225 titles to date!

    Note: As at end of January 2006, I have rebuilt this archive. All 3,600+ midi files previously uploaded within batches 01 through to 20, are now contained within the following ZIP files. In the future, new batches will simply be referred to as "New Additions", and the previous "new Additions" will be incorporated into these ZIP files. Of particular interest will be a complete renaming of the earlier midi files to reflect tune title ahead of its companion catalog number. The earlier batches had the catalog number prefixing the tune title, which made for difficulties for people outside the roll scanning community. All midi files now have the tune title ahead of the catalog number.

    AMPICO-01 reproducing piano roll midi files - 285 files, 4.3 megs (12th Str. to Memories..)

    AMPICO-02 reproducing piano roll midi files - 268 files, 3.7 megs (Menuet.. to Ziegfeld)

    Duo-Art reproducing piano roll midi files - 299 files, 4.6 megs

    Welte reproducing piano roll midi files - 167 files, 2.2 megs

    Reed Organ non-expression reed organ roll midi files - 264 files, 3.2 megs

    Nickelodeon non-expression A-Roll nickelodeon roll midi files - 204 files, 1.8 megs

    Recordo partial expression piano roll midi files - 18 files, 222k

    Solo_Apollo partial expression piano roll midi files - 26 files, 273k

    Standard_01 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.8 megs (18th Str. to California...)

    Standard_02 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.8 megs (C'Est Vous... to Far Away....)

    Standard_03 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.9 megs (Farewell.... to Ida...)

    Standard_04 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.7 megs (I'll Always Be.... to Loyalty...)

    Standard_05 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.9 megs (Luana .... to Only....)

    Standard_06 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.9 megs (Oriental.... to Something Doin....)

    Standard_07 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.8 megs ('Tain't No Sin..... to The Sneak)

    Standard_08 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 250 files, 2.9 megs (Till The Clouds..... to When You Were Sweet....)

    Standard_09 standard 88note non-expression piano roll midi files - 93 files, 1.1 megs (When You're Down.... to Ziegeunweisen)


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